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England: House Fire from Electrical Fault

Barming, England: Fire crews were called to a house blaze in Maidstone yesterday afternoon.

Two pumps arrived at St David’s Gate, in Barming, at about 3.30pm, to tackle the flames which had broken out in an ensuite bathroom.

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used a hose reel to put out fire, and a positive pressure ventilation fan was used to help minimise smoke damage to the property.

They left the scene at 4.15pm.

No one is thought to have been injured.

It’s believed the electrical fire was caused by an electrical fault and is being treated as an accident.

Story via kentonline.co.uk

UAE: Arc Flash at Mall Leaves 3 Workers in Critical Condition

Dubai, UAE: Three workers are fighting for their lives at Rashid Hospital after suffering severe electrical burns in a site electrical accident behind Wafi Mall on Sunday morning.

The victims, two electrical engineers and one supervisor, were testing some electrical panels when the accident happened at around 11am. One of the engineers worked for ETA Ascon while the two others were outsourced by the ETA from another company.

The cause of the accident is still under police investigation. Police said they are questioning other workers, the supervisor and the manager of the company. Police have cordoned off the area.

According to an official from ETA Ascon, the victims reportedly forgot to remove the electrical cables of the previous panel from the machine tester they were using and plugged another set of cables from another panel causing the machine to exploded.

Sintal Kumar, 29, an electrical engineer from India, who works for ETA, suffered 40 per cent burns to his body. He is currently at the Burn Ward of Rashid Hospital. Mohammad Hanifa, 26, suffered 90 per cent burns while another worker, who could not be identified, suffered 100 per cent burns.

All three workers have no family in the UAE. Gulf News contacted ETA Ascon for comment but an official said they could not comment yet because they are still waiting for the results of the police investigation.

In February last year, a similar accident happened involving workers from ETA Ascon where two people, including an engineer, died after being electrocuted. Two others were seriously injured. The team was testing electrical equipment at a substation in Dubai International Airport’s Concourse 3 when the explosion occurred.

Story via gulfnews.com

MA: Blizzard Damages Electrical System – Home Burns

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment
MARSHFIELD, MA: The home at the corner of Circuit and Ames avenues in Marshfield has hosted a neighborhood clambake on Labor Day weekend for more than 30 years. But that tradition is now in jeopardy because of the Blizzard of 2013.

“It’s really devastating,” neighbor Charlie Pesko said. “It was in pristine condition, a beautiful place.”

The summer home at 10 Ames Ave. near Rexhame Beach was gutted by a three-alarm electrical fire Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured.

Marshfield Fire Chief Kevin Robinson said the blaze was a result of damage to the home’s electrical service, a casualty of last week’s blizzard. Since the storm struck last Friday, firefighters in hard-hit communities have responded to a variety of emergencies, including rescues, fires, carbon monoxide scares and medical calls.

 

On Tuesday, homes on Oceanside Drive in Scituate and Avon Street in Marshfield caught fire when their power was restored. There were no injuries in either fire. In Marshfield alone, there have been five electrical fires since last Friday, Robinson said.Robinson said Wednesday’s fire started at the electric meter outside the rear side of the home, climbing quickly up the wooden frame into the attic. He said the attic and second floor were destroyed, and the home may need to be torn down.

Some Rexhame residents who had been without electricity since the weekend said their homes regained power at about the same time the fire started, about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.  “A surge could have done it,” Robinson said. “If there was damage to the electrical service, and one is energized, that could have caused the fire as well. We’re still investigating that at this point.”

Firefighters from Marshfield, Duxbury, Pembroke, Hanover, Norwell and Scituate responded to the fire, which was extinguished shortly after 4 p.m. Part of the roof collapsed, and the first floor was damaged by water from fire hoses.  Jonathan and Connie Smith, the homeowners, watched from the lawn as firefighters tore through walls to make sure the fire was out. The couple, who live in Wellesley during the winter, raised their two sons in the home, which was built in the 1880s.

Jonathan Smith said the home has been owned by his family since 1945.  “Tragic,” he said.  “The saddest,” Connie added.  Connie watched as firefighters carried pieces of salvageable furniture from the charred home into the barn next door.  “It was the furniture that came with the house in the 1800s. That’s how old it is,” she said. “It’s some beautiful old wicker. It was here when the house was first built.”

Charlie Pesko, who lives on nearby Kent Avenue, shook Jonathan’s hand, kissed Connie on the cheek and told the couple he’s available if they need any help. Pesko said the Smiths are very popular among the locals.

“They get the whole neighborhood here on Labor Day for a good ol’ New England clambake and lobsters,” Pesko said. “They do the whole thing. They mastermind the whole thing.”

Story via patriotledger.com

PA: Arc Flash Victim Recovering

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Bensalem, PA:  A man critically burned last month in an electrical explosion at a Bensalem carpet business is recovering at Temple University’s Burn Center.

Bensalem Battalion Chief Rob Sponheimer is not releasing the man’s name, but said he was burned over 60 percent of his body in the Jan. 17 fire at Adams Carpet, off Street Road near Hulmeville Road.

An employee of the carpet business was also burned, but not as severely, as he helped to put the flames out on the contractor with a fire extinguisher.

Sponheimer said the contractor was working inside a three-phase electrical panel when one of his tools came in contact with the back of the panel, causing an arc-flash.

The arc-flash ignited the contractor’s clothing and hair.

“These types of arc-flashes can reach temperatures above 5,000 degrees, have a great amount of energy associated with them and have a blinding flash and deafening noise,” Sponheimer said.

An arc-flash occurs when electrical insulation or isolation between conductors is broken or can no longer withstand the applied voltage, according to The National Fire Protection Association.

Sponheimer did not say if the carpet store employee was still hospitalized.

Story via phillyburbs.com

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TX: OSHA Fines BMC Building Materials $41K; Electrical Cord Problems

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

New Braunfels, TX: A New Braunfels company has been fined by OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which says they found a total of 7 serious safety violations during a recent inspection.

BMC Building Materials and Construction Services, located on FM 482 here in New Braunfels, builds prefabricated wood trusses.  But they are now facing fines totaling 41-thousand dollars following OSHA’s allegations that the company exposes workers to electric and machine guarding hazards.

Specifically, OSHA claims that during a safety inspection back in October (which was prompted by a complaint about unsafe working conditions) they discovered 7 separate safety violations including a lack of machine guarding on machinery equipment, saw blades, rotating shafts, and pulleys, which OSHA says can lead to serious injuries, including amputations.

Other violations included failing to ensure that electrical wiring is protected, and ensuring electrical cords are maintained in a safe condition.  OSHA says a serious violation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard that the employer either knew about or should have known about.

BMC Building Materials now has 15 business days to comply with the safety regulations, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director in Austin, or contest the citations and penalties before an independent OSHA Review Commission.

Story via www.kgnb.am

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GHANA: Electrical Fault Cause of Hospital Blaze

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Ghana: Preliminary investigations indicate that an electrical fault caused the electrical fire that destroyed two apartments at the Swedru Government Hospital Saturday.

Fire officers say the two separate fires reportedly started shortly after power was restored to the hospital area in the afternoon.

The incident created panic among medical staff and patients until fire fighters managed to prevent the two separate fires from spreading to other buildings.

Swedru Municipal Fire Divisional Officer, Ebenezer Mensah told Joy News such disasters can be prevented if the people adheres to precautionary measures whenever the power goes off.

Story via edition.myjoyonline.com

WA: Electrical Fire Shuts Down Power Production at Ice Harbor Dam

January 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Walla Walla District, WA: Power production stopped at Ice Harbor Dam near Burbank after two small electrical fires were discovered at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The fires were inside two cabinets holding electrical components for two of the dam’s six generators, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Three generators were operating at the time.

Power for dam facilities stopped, but power was being pulled off the electrical grid within 30 minutes for basic facility operations. The navigation lock returned to service at 12:40 p.m.

Snake River flows previously passing the dam via power generation are being passed through the spillway.

The fires did not last long because of the design and content of the electrical cabinets, Army Corps officials said. The fire produced some smoke, but it quickly cleared, they said.

Operations staff at the dam are evaluating the generators and their electrical and mechanical components to determine the extent of any damage and are working to restore power generation capability.

An investigation into the cause of the fires is planned.